Palatability Testing of a New Paediatric Formulation of Valacyclovir (VALID-0)

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ZonMw: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
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Radboud University Identifier:
First received: September 5, 2012
Last updated: September 29, 2014
Last verified: September 2014
Palatability testing of 3 different formulations of a newly developed paediatric valacyclovir oral solution in children 4-12 years of age and at least one of their parents. Children will be included, who received (val)acyclovir prophylaxis in the past, or will probably need it in the future i.e. children with primary immune deficiency or cancer.

Condition Intervention Phase
Varicella Zoster Virus Infection
Herpes Simplex Virus Infection
Drug: Valacyclovir
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Official Title: Palatability Testing of a New Paediatric Formulation of Valacyclovir for the Prophylaxis and Treatment of VZV and HSV Infections in Children

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Selection of oral solution with best taste [ Time Frame: Day 1 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Patients (children) will assess the taste of 3 different oral solutions. A questionnaire has to be completed to order the palatability of the three formulations.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Taste assessment [ Time Frame: Day 1 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Children will score the taste of 3 different oral valacyclovir solutions. A 100 mm facial hedonic scale will be employed to indicate the palatability of each formulation.

  • Predictability of palatability preference of the child by parents. [ Time Frame: Day 1 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To determine whether parents can predict the palatability preference of their child.

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: September 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date: July 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Raspberry
Raspberry taste valacyclovir solution
Drug: Valacyclovir
Other Name: valacyclovir solution
Experimental: Orange
Orange taste valacyclovir solution
Drug: Valacyclovir
Other Name: valacyclovir solution
Active Comparator: Plain
Plain valacyclovir solution
Drug: Valacyclovir
Other Name: valacyclovir solution


Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subject is at least 4 years of age.
  • Subject weighs at least 15kg.
  • Subject is capable of performing the taste assessment, according to the investigator's judgement.
  • The child and parent(s) are willing to participate in the taste assessment.
  • Signed informed consent by the legal guardian for participation of the child and if the parent also wants to participate: signed informed consent for their own participation, prior to start of the study.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Documented history of sensitivity/idiosyncrasy to medicinal products or excipients.
  • Presence of any condition that influences taste sensation (such as upper respiratory infection, febrile illness within 3 days before the first dose, mucositis or use of medication that influences taste perception, as described in the label information).
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01682109

Radboud University Medical Center
Nijmegen, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Radboud University
ZonMw: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development
Principal Investigator: David Burger Radboud University
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Responsible Party: Radboud University Identifier: NCT01682109     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UMCN-AKF 11.05
Study First Received: September 5, 2012
Last Updated: September 29, 2014
Health Authority: Netherlands: Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport

Keywords provided by Radboud University:
herpes zoster
herpes simplex

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Herpes Simplex
Herpes Zoster
Virus Diseases
DNA Virus Infections
Herpesviridae Infections
Skin Diseases
Skin Diseases, Infectious
Skin Diseases, Viral
Anti-Infective Agents
Antiviral Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on November 24, 2015